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For some people, end of the year signals a time to wind down, relax, and enjoy some quiet time before the new year sweeps in. For others, however, it’s the best time to jet off to a destination knowing that some places will be less crowded this time of the year.

If you’re more of the latter type and looking to travel from Cairo, Wego provides a list of the top 4 easy, last-minute destinations you can book now and visit right away!

*Prices are accurate at the time of writing, for a one-way trip from December 2023 to January 2024

Amman, Jordan

Most travellers to Jordan typically make a beeline for the magnificent Petra, a several-hour bus ride from Amman. While Petra is certainly a must-visit, Amman, as the capital city of Jordan, holds its own charm.

The city boasts historical sites such as the Citadel, where you can explore ancient ruins, including the Temple of Hercules and the Umayyad Palace. Additionally, The Roman Theater in Amman is a well-preserved amphitheater dating back to the 2nd century.

Visitors from Cairo can enjoy the splendour of Amman with a visa-free stay for 30 days.

Flight details: Direct 1-hour flights, served by EgyptAir and Royal Jordanian. Prices start from EGP 5,032.

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Manama, Bahrain

Cityscape in Manama, Bahrain

The seaside city of Manama beckons with its blend of traditional and modern. Historical sites such as the Bab Al Bahrain Gate and the Al Fatih Mosque dot the cities alongside concrete confections like the iconic World Trade Center.

Learn more about what shapes Bahrain by visiting Bahrain Pearling Trail, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that showcases the history and heritage of the nation’s pearling industry, Afterward, indulge in some serious water sports such as jet skiing, sailing, and diving.

For Egyptian travellers, reaching Manama has been made easier with a visa-on-arrival facility, allowing a single-entry stay for up to 14 days.

Flight details: Direct 3-hour flights, served by EgyptAir, Air Arabia Egypt, Air Cairo, and Gulf Air. Prices start from EGP 4,730.

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Beirut, Lebanon

Beirut, cradled on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, is a historically rich city with a laidback attitude to life. The year-end is a significant holiday season here, so you’ll easily stumble into local festivities. If you’re looking for a bit more adrenaline-pumping activities to end 2023 and welcome the new one, head to the snow-covered mountainous areas for skiing.

Travellers from Cairo can visit Beirut without a visa for a period of 30 days.

Flight details: Direct 1-hour flights served by Middle East Airlines and Egypt Air. Prices start from EGP 4,728.

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Muscat, Oman

Make Muscat your jumping point to various adventure activities, including desert safaris, dolphin watching, and snorkeling in the Gulf of Oman. However, even if you’re cool with staying put, the city has enough cultural sites, beaches, natural treasures to satisfy your travel appetite.

Whether you’re looking to spend your holiday lazing by the popular Qurum beach or trek your way to Wadi Bani Khalid, rest assured that Muscat will not let you down.

For citizens of Egypt, Muscat is a visa-free destination for up to 14 days, making travel convenient and seamless.

Flight details: Direct 3-hour flights, served by EgyptAir and Oman Air. Prices start from EGP 5,163.

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